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Apr 1, 2013

Ex-President Carter says China pressuring Nepal on Tibetans

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – China is putting pressure on Nepal to interrupt the flow of Tibetan refugees into the Himalayan nation, former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Monday.

Hundreds of refugees from the Chinese province of Tibet cross treacherous mountain passes to reach Nepal each year, but as the influence of China grows in its impoverished neighbor, their passage is becoming increasingly difficult.

Apr 1, 2013

Octogenarian Japanese climber aims for Everest record

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – An 80-year-old Japanese mountain climber who has had heart surgery four times is heading to Mount Everest to try for a third ascent of the world’s highest peak and will become the oldest person to reach the top if he succeeds.

Yuichiro Miura climbed to the summit of the 8,850 meter (29,035 ft) mountain in 2003 and 2008. He skied down Everest from an altitude of 8,000 meters (26,246 ft) in 1970.

Mar 13, 2013

Chief justice to lead Nepal’s interim government to elections

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s chief justice will take over as the head of an interim unity government on Thursday, the country’s main political parties said, a move aimed at ending a political deadlock in a nation still recovering from a decade of civil war.

Khil Raj Regmi will replace Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and head the new administration until a national election is held, the parties said.

Mar 11, 2013

Cannabis-smoking ascetics light up Nepal festival

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Ringed by an endless stream of pilgrims at an ancient temple in Kathmandu, Hindu holy man Mahant Ramnaresh Giri sat naked and puffed on a pipe filled with cannabis, his body smeared with ash as he took part in Nepal’s biggest annual religious event.

Giri was one of more than a hundred such naked ascetics at the ancient Shivaratri festival, which brings an estimated one million devout Hindus flocking to Kathmandu’s Pashupatinath temple each year for rituals to cleanse them of sin and earn a place in heaven.

Feb 28, 2013

Sherpa woman overcomes prejudice for Everest record

KATHMANDU, Feb 28 (Reuters) – When Chhurim Sherpa was a
child she was inspired to dream of scaling Mount Everest by the
mountaineers heading to the Himalayan peaks which tower over her
village in eastern Nepal.

But economic and social pressures stood in her way,
including people saying she did not have the right to set foot
on the sacred peak because she was a mere female.

Feb 18, 2013

Nepal agrees to caretaker govt ahead of mid-year election

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s main political parties said on Monday they had reached an agreement to set up a unity government before a national election in the middle of the year, in a deal that could end a deadlock after a decade of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, 58, will step down and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi of the Supreme Court will head the new administration to oversee the vote in May or June, the parties said.

Feb 18, 2013

Nepal agrees to caretaker government ahead of mid-year election

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s main political parties said on Monday they had reached an agreement to set up a unity government before a national election in the middle of the year, in a deal that could end a deadlock after a decade of civil war.

Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, 58, will step down and Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi of the Supreme Court will head the new administration to oversee the vote in May or June, the parties said.

Feb 7, 2013

Nepal’s Maoists set terms to end political deadlock

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist party has for the first time laid down the condition on which its prime minister would resign, paving the way for an end to a political deadlock with opposition parties that has paralyzed one of the world’s poorest countries.

Baburam Bhattarai has agreed to step aside provided that opposition parties accept the chief justice of the Supreme Court as the head of a unity government to oversee national elections, delegates to a party conference said on Thursday.

Feb 5, 2013

Nepal begins Bengal tiger census, India to match

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Hundreds of wildlife experts carrying sophisticated cameras began combing the forests in Nepal’s southern plains on Tuesday in the Himalayan nation’s biggest campaign yet to count the number of endangered tigers roaming in its national parks.

The survey is crucial for planning strategy to double the number of Royal Bengal tigers in Nepal by 2022, as pledged by the Nepali government. Nepal is currently home to 176 of the animals, which are threatened by poaching and habitat loss.

Feb 2, 2013

Nepal Maoist PM says to accept unity government for May polls

HETAUDA, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepal’s Maoist prime minister said on Saturday he was ready for a unity government to oversee May elections, in an attempt to break a deadlock threatening a peace process that ended a decade-long civil war.

“We are ready to accept a national unity government under anybody’s leadership to hold elections for the constituent assembly,” Baburam Bhattarai told party delegates gathered for the six-day conference in the industrial town of Hetauda, 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Kathmandu.